My New Mexican and non-New Mexican friends and colleagues:
I write to request your support for Marianna Anaya’s bid for Senate in District 16 in the wake of a recent vacancy. Marianna, I understand, is already a top candidate.
Anaya is a formidable organizer with a teacher union background, a strong supporter of Ethnic Studies, and public education, as a whole, together with lots of passion and energy to boot. Please read the petition below and consider lending your own support by signing on here: https://goo.gl/forms/dv9EMkBfeiggVUvy2 (Again, you don’t have to be from New Mexico to sign.)
Personally, I have had a lot of great undergraduate students at UT, but hands down, Marianna ranks up there at the top. It’s rare and virtually unheard of that an undergraduate goes to an institution to specifically study with a specific faculty member. This only happens at the masters or doctoral level. This is what she did with me straight out of high school, happily taking me by surprise, allowing us to do a lot of great things together in the span of four years.
I am therefore very thrilled that she has decided to take this important step. She will surely be a fresh, intelligent, and progressive voice in New Mexican politics should this Senate seat come to fruition.
Best wishes with all of this, Marianna. New Mexico would be very well served by your already outstanding record of leadership and vision for public education.
Sí se puede! / Yes we can!
We are signing on to this letter in support of the Bernalillo County Commission’s nomination of Marianna Anaya to represent New Mexico’s 16th Senate District.
Marianna is a native New Mexican who grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from our public schools, whose pride and enthusiasm for our state and our community runs deep. We have witnessed this in her professionalism, activism and ability to bring all voices to the table when making decisions and igniting change.
As the newest President of Emerge New Mexico, Marianna has helped ensure that our public offices steadily become more reflective of our communities- with more women, in particular, more women of color at the table. As a state, we have seen the results of much of her hard work and dedication to these women and this program.
Her passion for public education is second to none and her work at the Albuquerque Teachers Federation has helped strengthen Labor’s relationship with community allies. Marianna’s degree in ethnic studies with an emphasis in education policy coupled with her on-the-job experience with educators in our state uniquely qualifies her for a position in the Senate at this time. We feel Marianna’s voice is critical to send to the Senate as the state recommends culturally relevant changes to our public schools.
Marianna’s energy and willingness to go above-and-beyond for the needs of our community is part of what makes her stand out as a candidate. We’ve all watched her pour her energy into helping others succeed, and now, we are standing in support of her.
Marianna is a positive representative for women, for the Latinx community, for the LGBTQ community and for the future of this state. We would be proud to have this dedicated woman, who is truly representative of her district and our beautiful state, serve us in the New Mexico Senate.
[Marianna for SD16- Sign on Letter